Santiago (1-1) earned the win Thursday against the Rays after tossing a scoreless inning, striking out the three batters he faced.
Santiago looked absolutely dominant, as he struck out the side and needed just 17 pitches to get the job done (11 strikes). The southpaw has made just seven appearances on the season and while he was hit hard in his debut, he's now recorded five straight scoreless outings.
Santiago (0-1) was handed the loss Friday against the Angels, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over three innings.
Manager Scott Servais leveraged Santiago's stretched-out arm for some valuable frames in what turned into a bullpen game for the Mariners when spot starter Robert Dugger was chased after just 2.1 innings. Santiago missed plenty of bats against his old Angels squad, but the fourth-inning solo home run he surrendered to Jose Rojas turned out to be the difference in the game.
Santiago, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Athletics on Tuesday. He struck out two.
The veteran right-hander was called on for his Mariners debut after starter Marco Gonzales capped out at 50 pitches in his return from the injured list. Santiago needed a relatively efficient 48 pitches to record his eight outs, but he pitched to plenty of contact while allowing the Athletics to mount a successful comeback. Factoring in Santiago pitched to a bloated 6.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with the White Sox and Mets back in 2019 and was then deemed expendable by a team as talent-starved as the Tigers last summer, it's likely he's trusted with nothing more than multi-inning low-leverage scenarios during his time with the big-league club.
Santiago's contract was selected by the Mariners on Thursday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Santiago began the season with Triple-A Tacoma and posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 14 innings across three starts. He's worked mainly as a reliever in the majors and should be a bullpen option after Yohan Ramirez and Wyatt Mills were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma as part of a corresponding move.
Santiago was granted his unconditional release by the Tigers on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old was reassigned to the team's alternate training site Monday, and as a result he apparently requested his release. Santiago appeared in 19 games between the White Sox and Mets last season and had a 6.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP over 33.2 frames.
Santiago was reassigned to the Tigers' alternate training site Monday.
The veteran lefty was in the mix for a bullpen role to begin the season, but this puts him out of the running for an Opening Day roster spot. Santiago will stay ready in Toledo and could be called upon at some point, given his previous MLB experience, though fantasy managers shouldn't expect much from someone who posted a 6.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 2019.
Santiago will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
The veteran lefty spent 2019 with the White Sox and Mets, turning in a rough 6.68 ERA across 33.2 big-league innings. He was competing for a bullpen spot when spring training was suspended and figures to work in long relief for the Tigers, which shouldn't amount to much from a fantasy perspective.
Santiago could make the Tigers' roster as a long reliever whenever the regular season is able to begin, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Santiago looked like an odd man out at the start of spring training, but if MLB teams get to use expanded rosters when the season is able to start, the lefty could find his way into an expanded bullpen. His ability to work as a starter or pitch multiple innings in relief could be beneficial, as teams will likely have fewer off days and more doubleheaders, so bullpens could be taxed.
Santiago is competing for one of the Tigers' final bullpen spots to begin the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Santiago is now with his fifth organization in the past five years, and the journeyman doesn't figure to make a huge impact with the Tigers after posting a 6.68 ERA with the White Sox and Mets in 2019. The veteran is battling fellow lefties Nick Ramirez and Tyler Alexander for a role but will likely start the year with Triple-A Toledo, putting him squarely off the fantasy radar.
Santiago agreed Wednesday with the Tigers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
While he should get the token chance to compete for a spot in Detroit rotation that lacked dependable arms beyond Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull in 2019, the 32-year-old is more realistically being evaluated for a spot on the Triple-A Toledo staff. Detroit added experienced starters in Ivan Nova and Zack Godley to the 40-man roster this offseason and also retained Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Tyler Alexander, leaving Santiago on the outside looking in for the Opening Day roster. Santiago boasts experience in his own right with 139 career MLB starts, but he wasn't effective between stints with the White Sox and Mets in 2019, submitting a 6.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 33.2 innings.
Santiago allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight over four innings in Tuesday's 11-0 loss to the Tigers. He did not factor in the decision.
Santiago was the primary pitcher Tuesday and avoided a loss because opener Carson Fulmer was tagged for four runs in the first inning. Santiago, whose ERA rose to 6.89 following the outing, lines up to pitch in the season's finale Sunday against Detroit, although it's unclear if he would work as a true starter or follow an opener again.
Santiago will serve as the primary pitcher Tuesday against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Carson Fulmer will serve as the opener before giving way to Santiago. Since moving to the bullpen in August, Santiago has posted a 4.76 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 14:9 K:BB across seven appearances (11.1 innings).
Santiago is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Indians.
With Dylan Covey (shoulder) recently getting shut down, Santiago will slot back into the rotation for the final week of the season and pick up his first start since Aug. 17. Santiago covered 3.2 innings and 90 pitches in his most recent relief appearance Sept. 15, so he should be decently stretched out as he transitions back to starting duty. The veteran southpaw will tentatively line up for two starts this week, with his second turn set to come in the season finale Sunday versus the Tigers.
Santiago allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. He struck out four batters in the 6-5 loss.
Santiago was victimized by solo shots from Brian Goodwin and Justin Upton in this contest. The southpaw didn't last long enough to be in line for the win, and Evan Marshall ended up blowing the lead in the seventh inning anyway. In 17.1 innings between the Mets and the White Sox this year, Santiago has a 6.23 ERA and 15:10 K:BB. He is likely to serve out of the bullpen moving forward.
Santiago has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Angels.
The lefty will draw his second start of the season with the White Sox but isn't expected to receive any additional turns through the rotation beyond this weekend. Due to a doubleheader earlier in the week, the White Sox have a temporary need for a sixth starter, so manager Rick Renteria will turn to the veteran to eat some innings Saturday before Santiago moves back to the bullpen.
Santiago is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday against the Angels, Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox need a rotation fill-in after Tuesday's doubleheader, so Santiago will make his second start since joining the team. Santiago hasn't made an appearance since tossing 4.2 innings of long relief Aug. 6 against the Tigers.
Santiago (1-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five across 4.2 innings to take the loss in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Tigers.
Santiago was called up to start the second game of the team's doubleheader but failed to provide quality innings. He was charged with at least one earned run in three of the five innings he pitched, though he did not allow a home run. According to James Fegan of The Athletic, manager Rick Renteria said the team hasn't decided on Santiago's role going forward, but it looks like he'll be returning to the bullpen.
Santiago's contract was selected as expected ahead of his scheduled start in the nightcap of Tuesday's twin bill against the Tigers.
After finishing four straight seasons with an ERA of 3.75 or below, Santiago owns a mediocre 4.84 mark over the last four years. He could be auditioning for a spot in the White Sox's rotation down the stretch, but nothing in his recent past (including his 5.84 ERA over seven starts this season for Triple-A Charlotte) suggests he'll be a particularly interesting option.
Santiago will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to start the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader in Detroit, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox don't currently have an opening in the rotation, but Santiago could earn a spot over fifth starter Ross Detwiler with a strong showing in his 2019 debut with the big club. Since inking a minor-league deal with the White Sox in June, Santiago has made seven starts for Charlotte, submitting a 5.84 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 37 innings. The 31-year-old will be tough to justify including in weekly fantasy lineups outside of AL-only formats.
Santiago allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
The White Sox will need a fill-in starter this coming weekend, but it seems Santiago will be passed over in favor of a bullpen day headed by Carson Fulmer. Santiago threw 72 pitches (48 strikes) for the Knights in his first start since May 16. He may be considered for a big-league start soon.
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|06/17||vs TB||W 6-5||1||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|06/16||vs MIN||L 2-7||2.0||1||0||0||1|
|06/11||@ CLE||L 0-7||2.0||1||0||1||3|
|06/10||@ DET||L 3-8||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|06/08||@ DET||L 3-5||2.0||1||0||1||3|
|06/04||@ LAA||L 2-3||1||3.0||2||1||1||5|
|06/01||vs OAK||L 6-12||2.2||3||3||1||2|
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|2014||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||14.0||3||3||0||1||1||0||9||7||23||6.43||2.143|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||23.2||7||7||0||1||2||0||25||17||21||5.43||1.638|